Team

Mark Schneider, RHD for Low Rises 6 & 7

Hi, my name is Mark Schneider, and I am the Residence Hall Director (RHD) for Low Rises 6 & 7. Originally, I am from Chicago, IL but have lived in Ohio, Washington State, and now Ithaca. I have an MA in Linguistics from Cornell and did my thesis work on the Quechua language of Peru. I enjoy cooking and speaking Spanish. 2019-2020 will be my sixth year here at Cornell as an RHD. Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to the Low Rises!

Catherine Appert, Faculty-In-Residence

Catherine Appert is an assistant professor in the Music Department and Faculty-In-Residence in Low Rise 7. She teaches courses on global hip hop and African pop music, and is currently writing a book about hip hop in Senegal.

David Chen, RA for Unit 6-1

Hello, my name is David Chen. I was born in New York City, but I currently live in Las Vegas, NV (no I do not live in a casino). I am a sophomore studying computer science and psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences with a minor in cognitive science. On campus, I am a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, a community service fraternity, and a Big Red Ambassador. When I’m not hardcore studying for my classes, I enjoy board games, video games, musical theater, comic books, sleeping, and overanalyzing people. Feel free to reach out to me; I am always ready to talk. I am so excited to be your RA, and I hope I can help guide you on your first year here at Cornell.

Malvika Narayan, RA for Unit 6-2

Hi, and welcome to the Low Rises at Cornell! My name is Malvika Narayan, and I am a sophomore studying Global and Public Health Sciences in the College of Human Ecology. I was born in the picturesque city-state of Singapore and raised in South Brunswick, a quintessential town in New Jersey. On campus, I am a member of Class Council, Cornell International Affairs Society, Cornell Tarana, Phi Mu, and the College of Human Ecology Ambassadors. I love to check things off my bucket list and traveling as often as I can (even if that means taking the TCAT to the Commons). I am incredibly excited to meet all of you and make your first year at Cornell memorable!

Catherine Ryberg, RA for Unit 6-3

Hello! My name is Catherine and I am a junior in the College of Human Ecology, studying Policy Analysis and Management with specific interests in health administration and informatics. On campus, I’m involved with the Callbaxx A Cappella, Engineering World Health, and the Cornell Daily Sun food column. I’m a Missouri native and lover of the outdoors, cool music, yummy food, and good conversation! I’m excited for a great year in the Low Rises with you all!

Aimé Freedenberg, RA for Unit 6-4

Hi! My name is Aimé Freedenberg and I am from Canton, CT. I am in the school of Industrial and Labor Relations and I am interested in International Relations and Inequality Studies. On campus I am part of Cornell’s Naval ROTC program, I lifeguard at HNH and Teagle pools, I am in Alpha Chi Omega, and I am in Cornell's International Affairs Society. In my free time I like to play intramural soccer, choreograph dance, do yoga, play violin, sleep-in, and hang out with friends. I am so excited to welcome the new residents to campus and be there for them throughout their Cornell experience. Welcome to the Low Rises!

Shuah Jang, RA for Unit 7-1

Hey there, welcome to the Low Rises! I’m Shuah, a sophomore on the pre-dental track majoring in Human Biology, Health and Society in the College of Human Ecology. I was born in South Korea but I grew up here in Ithaca, so if you have questions about the local area (or Korea, since talking about culture is always interesting) please let me know! Outside of academics, I love to dance to k-pop, and I’m a devoted member of Bethany Christian Campus Church. If we have any common interests, let me know and I can hook you up with some resources! And even if we don’t have common interests, I’m always open (and excited!) to help you out or just make your freshman year at Cornell a good time :)

Boon Palipatana, RA for Unit 7-2

Hi there! My name is Boon Palipatana and I’m a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Information Science. I’m from Columbia, Missouri, otherwise known around these parts as “The state that has WashU” or “Is that near Ohio?” At Cornell I’m a web developer for the Cornell Daily Sun and a member of the Student Assembly Academic Policy Committee. I like spending my time working on new websites and web applications, programming mobile apps and games, or playing with data. I also really enjoy watching NBA basketball and keeping up with every fan theory for any upcoming superhero movies, even though they’re almost always wrong. My more active hobbies include running while breathing heavily and attempting to play basketball. I’m so excited that you’re at Cornell, and I can’t wait to spend this year with you all!

Kalei Mossler, RA for Unit 7-3

Hello! My name is Frederick Mossler, but I go by Kalei. I am a sophomore studying viticulture and enology at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I was born in Fairfield, California but moved to Las Vegas, Nevada when I was five. Some of my hobbies include cooking, video gaming, and listening to music. I am a huge San Francisco sports fan (Go Giants, Warriors, and 49ers!). On campus, I am part of the Cornell Filipino Association, Hawaii Club, and Esports at Cornell. My favorite activity to do on campus is to look at the waterfalls.

Ian Wilkie Tomasik, RA for Unit 7-4

Hi! My name is Ian and I am a junior in CALS. I am an information science major who is specifically interested in data science. I am also pursuing a minor in religious studies. I was raised in Ithaca, so if anyone has questions about the town or needs recommendations of things to do, I’m here! I love helping people out and getting to know new folks, so feel free to come say hello! Aside from school, I enjoy yoga, chess, and jazz. I look forward to a great upcoming semester in the low rises!

Nava Scharf, Faculty Fellow

Nava and her husband, Stanley, have worked with Cornell Faculty Programs since the program began in 1980. Nava served as the first Faculty in Residence in the Low Rises and has been a FF since 1989. Nava hosts brunch every Sunday from 10:30am to noon at RPCC, among other programs.

Naminata Diabate, Faculty Fellow

Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature, Naminata's teaching and research interests include sexuality, gender, race, and African cinema and literature. An enthusiastic faculty fellow Naminata speaks several languages, performs as an actress, and enjoys taking/leading residents to public lectures and performances (theater, cinema, concert), among other enriching activities.

Melina Draper, Community Fellow

Melina works at Cornell's Center for Teaching Innovation as the Associate Director of Inclusive Teaching. She collaborates with faculty and staff to support global learning and develop intercultural knowledge and competence. Melina previously worked for Cornell's Southeast Asia Program. She moved to upstate New York from Fairbanks, Alaska, where she worked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute as a curriculum developer. Before that, she taught writing at a community college in Massachusetts. Melina is a poet and holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, an M.A. in English from University of New Hampshire, and a B.A. in in Russian/International Relations and Comparative Literature from Colorado College. She was raised bilingual and bicultural (Argentinean/American) and lives in Geneva, NY, with her wife and two children.